Building a new house is a major undertaking, but the project can proceed with minimal interruptions if it's well thought out. If you want to have a new house built, use these tips to help your new home construction project go smoothly.
Invest Time in the Initial Planning Stage
First, be prepared to invest a substantial amount of time in the initial planning stage. This isn't so much a practical tactic as much as it's a mental approach to the project as a whole.
Many people who have a home built are (understandably) excited to get started, and they sometimes rush the first planning portions of the project. This can lead to costly consequences, as changes can be difficult to make later on -- and any alterations will increase the project's costs and time frame.
If you spend a little extra time planning, you should be able to reduce how many alterations are made later on in the project. This involves both spending extra time by yourself considering the project's details and taking your time when meeting with the contractor to discuss your home build project. Be patient, for your time will be well spent.
Chalk Out Floor Plans on the Subfloor
Second, take time to physically walk around your new home during the project's midpoint. Specifically, you ought to do this once the subfloor and walls have been put in -- but before any features have been installed.
As you walk through, use chalk or painter's tape to mark where different features will go. Both of these can be put directly on the subfloor and easily removed when you're done, and you can use them to outline where different items will be.
Once everything is outlined, move about your house and envision what it'll be like once the house is fully built. Is there anything you want to adjust? For example, map out where the stove, sink, fridge, and countertop will be in the kitchen. Then, pretend to actually make a meal. Does everything flow well, or is there something you'd like switched between these features?
Making adjustments at this point in time will be more costly than if you had included them in your initial plans, but there might still be adjustments that are worth paying extra for. By walking around before everything is installed, you'll have one last chance to make final alterations to the home that you'll live in for a long time.